Qld government accused of failing the Gold Coast racing industry

The Queensland Government has come under fire for failing to deliver night racing for the Gold Coast.

A local MP claims the Gold Coast has been left in the dark over when night racing will become a reality, despite promises that it would come to fruition by next year.

The Shadow Minister for Racing, John-Paul Langbroek, says there’s less than five months left and the Palaszczuk Government has made little progress.


“Labor’s own Racing Queensland Annual Report promised that the Gold Coast would be home to night racing by 2020.

“At Budget Estimates, Labor refused to indicate when Gold Coasters can expect night racing to be introduced to the Bundall racecourse.

“To add insult to injury, under Labor, there is an already allocated $30.2 million which has not been spent building racing infrastructure, despite the fact that there is a long list of projects that the racing industry has been crying out for for some time,” Mr Langbroek said.

It seems to be the latest blow for the already-suffering industry, according to Mr Langbroek, who says Labor’s failure to meet its own KPIs is a kick in the gut.

“Labor does not support racing on the Gold Coast.

“Whilst Labor has been at the helm, we have seen unprecedented strikes, the Gold Coast Turf Club’s major sponsor, Aquis, withdrew from Queensland Racing, and major issues with integrity and safety have arisen.

“The Budget Estimates hearing proved what we all know to be true – Labor could not care less about racing.

“We’re home to amazing events like the Magic Millions, and night racing would be a fantastic addition to the plethora of events our city has to offer,” Mr Langbroek said.

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